Two lawmakers save child from Tampa house on fire – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

TAMPA, FL. (WSVN) – Body worn camera footage showed the moment two officers from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office rescued a child from a burning house.

Rep. Kevin Reich and Alexander Maldonado were the first to respond at 10:48 p.m. Thursday at a home on fire at 9937 Joe Ebert Road in Seffner.

Once there, residents and neighbors who were outside in the yard shouted at MPs to let them know there was a child in the burning house.

The couple then entered the home by breaking a glass window.

The child, a nine-year-old boy, was lying on the ground by the window.

When Reich and Maldonado found the child, they used their flashlights to create a path for the child and instructed him to get as close to the window as possible.

They then grabbed the child and dragged him out of the window, took him to safety and stayed with him until Hillsborough County Fire Rescue paramedics arrived at the scene to treat the child.

The fire brigade took over the scene of the accident and safely extinguished the flames.

The child, his mother and the homeowner were transported to Tampa General Hospital for additional medical attention. The child was in serious condition from burns and smoke inhalation and remained hospitalized.

The emergency services were unharmed during the rescue.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the quick action and courage of these deputies who never gave up until they could get the child to safety,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “It’s because of her heroism that this boy got out alive. Law enforcement officers are often the first to respond to an emergency, so we must always be ready to step in and help. These MPs have never hesitated. They are true examples of what it means to be a hero.”

Reich and Maldonado joined HCSO in March 2020.

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